|Black Milk returns with his third official full length solo album, following up 2008's Tronic! (Reissued in 2016 on black vinyl.)|
His career continues to develop him into sought after producer and featured guest, as he has been very busy in the last few years on multiple projects. To clear things up, Album of the Year refers to the course of events from the previous 12 months, in which Black Milk was shocked by the untimely death of one of his mentors Baatin of Slum Village, and Black's Manager HexMurda who fell ill and is now paralyzed. Many fans and critics discounted that explanation, expressing either excitement or objection that he was brashly proclaiming that his work would be the year's best before the year had even started. Once again, Black Milk continues to evolve with each work, both in lyrics and production. I tend to love how he makes the drums so crispy and keeps me head nodding, and the album also features live instrumentation, further advancing his technique, utilizing vocalist/keyboardist AB and drummer Daru Jones, vocalists Melanie Rutherford, bassist Tim Shellaberger, and the versatile horn player and string arranger Sam Beaubien (who arranged horns and strings on Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement). Definitely on that Detroit tip and featuring only three guest appearances including Royce Da 5'9'', Elzhi, and newcomer Danny Brown.